HTC Desire HD smartphone (preview)

HTC's Desire HD is carved from a single block of aluminium and has a 4.3in touchscreen.

HTC has announced the Desire HD, a successor to the popular HTC Desire Android smartphone. The Desire HD is an Android phone equipped with a 4.3in SLCD touchscreen, an attractive aluminium case, and the latest 2.2 "Froyo" version of Google's Android OS.

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The HTC Desire HD will have a 4.3in SLCD screen, up from its predecessor's 3.7in display. This means it will be a larger handset than the original Desire. HTC has crafted the Desire HD from a single block of aluminium, similar to the HTC Legend, which is sold exclusively through Vodafone in Australia.

The Desire HD is powered by a 1GHz 8255 Snapdragon processor and comes equipped with an 8-megapixel camera with dual-LED flash, 720p HD video recording and Dolby Mobile sound. It has 1.5GB of internal memory, along with a microSD card slot that supports cards of up to 32GB in size.

In addition to these hardware features, the HTC Desire HD benefits from the latest 2.2 "Froyo" version of Android which adds full Flash support, built-in wireless tethering, and the ability to store third-party apps on your SD card, in addition to a range of other improvements.

The Desire HD is also one of the first HTC smartphones to benefit from HTC's new Sense software. Enhancements include a shorter boot up time (10 seconds), cached map data for faster rendering of maps (along with a digital compass built into the map), and DLNA support for connection to compatible televisions. HTC has also launched HTCSense.com, a set of desktop-based services largely centred on backup and security. You can locate your phone on a map if it is stolen, remote lock or wipe the handset, and archive contacts, text messages and call history.

The HTC Desire HD will be available in mid November and will be sold in Australia exclusively through Vodafone Hutchison Australia (VHA) — owner of the Vodafone and 3 networks.

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